Sept. 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse program has finalized its roster and the team is in the process of preparing for its 2014 campaign. Among 26 returners, 22 newcomers will combine on the quest for a BIG EAST Championship.
The Friars enter their second season under the direction of Head Coach Chris Gabrielli and his assistants John Galloway and Brett Holm. In their inaugaral season, the trio led the Friars to an overall record of 8-8. The staff brought an aggressive and fast paced mentality that allowed for the Friars' most successful season since 2006.
Seniors Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.), Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.), Zach Rogers (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and junior Greg FitzMaurice(Huntington, N.Y.) were elected by their teammates at the end of last season to serve as the team captains for the 2013-14 campaign.
Wright had an outstanding junior campaign where he tallied 53 points on a team-high 41 goals and 12 assists. Wright's 41 goals mark the most goals notched by a Friar in a single season since Ed Loiselle tallied 52 goals in 1992. Wright notched at least one point in each of the Friars' 16 games. In addition, the attacker notched 13 multi-point games, including nine hat-tricks. Wright was named as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (3/11) and twice earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (4/22, 4/29).
Barton led the Friars midfield with 45 points on 27 goals and 18 assists. Barton tallied at least one point in each of the Friars' 16 games, including 11 multi-point games. He recorded a season-high six points on two goals and four assists in Providence's win over Manhattan (3/2). Barton notched his 100th career point with an assist in the Friars' final game of the season versus Villanova (4/27). For his efforts during his junior season, Barton was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and to the All-New England First Team. In addition, Barton earned NEILA Player of the Week honors (3/5) and BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll honors (3/4, 3/18, 3/25).
Rogers appeared in each of the Friars' 16 games last season and served as a defensive anchor. Rogers caused 10 turnovers and collected 26 ground balls.
FitzMaurice was the only junior to be selected as a captain. FitzMaurice has recorded two successful seasons with the Friars. This past season, FitzMaurice was one of six Friars that finished the season with 20+ points. He tallied 22 points on 19 goals and three assists. He notched at least one point in 13 of the Friars' 16 games, including seven multi-point games. In addition, FitzMaurice was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (4/15).
Twenty two additional Friars return from last years roster including sophomore Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.) who finished the season with 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists. Joining Blair is sophomore Brendon McGuire(Wycoff, N.J.) who tallied nine points on seven goals and two assists.
Senior face-off specialist Ryan Shaw(East Hampton, N.Y.) finished last season 179-of-364 for a .492 win percentage. In addition, Shaw collected 93 groundballs and caused 10 turnovers.
Defensively, the Friars return Rogers, senior Ryan Martin (Ontario, N.Y.), sophomore Griffin Goudreau (Campbell, Calif.) and Jak Wawrzyniak(Manchester, UK). Goudreau picked up 21 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers. Wawrzyniak collected 28 ground balls, caused six turnovers and posed as an offensive threat having tallied two points on two goals.
The Friar lacrosse program is hosting its annual alumni weekend on Saturday, Sept. 28 where it will welcome alumni, family and friends to check out its brand new facilities. The Friars' new home lies in newly rennovated Schneider Arena and includes a new locker room, video room, weight room, training room, coaches suite and player lounge.